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Two Newton school buses involved in accident

Special Photo Three students from Veterans Memorial Middle School were transported to Newton Medical Center with minor injuries on Thursday morning after two school buses were involved in an accident at the intersection of Brown Bridge Road and Magnet Road. The Newton County School System doesn't yet have damage cost estimates for the buses.

Special Photo Three students from Veterans Memorial Middle School were transported to Newton Medical Center with minor injuries on Thursday morning after two school buses were involved in an accident at the intersection of Brown Bridge Road and Magnet Road. The Newton County School System doesn't yet have damage cost estimates for the buses.

COVINGTON -- Three students were transported to Newton Medical Center Thursday morning after two school buses were involved in an accident.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Brown Bridge Road and Magnet Road, two buses from the Newton County School System were transporting students to Veterans Memorial Middle School, according to a press announcement sent out by NCSS at about 11 a.m. Thursday.

One bus was traveling eastbound on Brown Bridge Road while the other was headed northbound on Magnet Road when the accident occurred, according to Mike Barr, NCSS director of Support Services.

"The buses collided in the intersection," said Sherri Davis-Viniard, director of Public Relations at NCSS.

Capt. Paul Cosper of the Georgia State Patrol said the bus on Magnet Road was attempting to make a right turn and ran the stop sign. The front bumper of the bus then struck the right rear of the bus on Brown Bridge Road.

No other vehicles were involved.

Cosper said no citations are expected to be issued -- the officer requested that the school system handle the drivers. NCSS officials have not yet said if there will be disciplinary action taken against the driver who caused the accident.

Although neither bus driver was injured in the accident, both have been required to submit to drug and alcohol tests, per school system policy. Each of the drivers involved have been employed with the district for several years and have no prior accidents on their records, according to the press announcement.

"The accident investigation is still ongoing," Barr said. "I will be able to provide more details once it's concluded."

Of the 58 students aboard the two buses, three complained of minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to Newton Medical Center.

"It really wasn't a terribly bad wreck," Cosper said. "There was some bad injuries, but nothing life threatening."

One student was released from the hospital at about 11:15 a.m. Thursday, and two other students remained in the minor care unit longer with their parents awaiting X-ray results, according to NCSS Deputy Superintendent Dennis Carpenter.

Two buses were dispatched to the scene to transport the remaining students to school, and James Peek, principal of Veterans Memorial Middle School, responded to the scene and then notified parents of the accident via a School Messenger automated phone call.

Carpenter said there was significant damage to each school bus, but he did not yet have the damage cost estimates. Both buses no longer are mobile, he said.

Comments

princesse 2 years, 7 months ago

WHAT? No ticket for running a stop sign or endangering the lives of children? What's wrong with the picture? If it were a car doing this, then I'm positive that the driver would have been ticketed, possibly arrested. Shame on the Newton County Sheriff's Dept!

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Newtonmom 2 years, 7 months ago

No where in this article is it stated the Newton County Sheriff's Dept worked this accident. I believe your comment should be shame on Ga State Patrol.

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alliegator1215 2 years, 7 months ago

While the article doesn't mention Newton County Sheriff's Dept, the picture clearly shows a Newton County car at the scene of the accident. I can see where princesse might have made that assumption. ;)

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John 2 years, 6 months ago

Either way, the driver should have been ticket by either law enforcement officer on the scene. She broke the law.

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covingtonresident 2 years, 7 months ago

Capt. Paul Cosper of the Georgia State Patrol is who the article refers to. Cosper said no citations are expected to be issued -- the officer requested that the school system handle the drivers. UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!! 58 children on these buses and no citations issued. Can someone please explain this ignorance

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Scott341 2 years, 7 months ago

Why was no ticket issued? Per Georgia State Patrol Captain Paul Cosper "there was some bad injuries" and per NCSS Deputy Superintendent Dennis Carpenter "there was significant damage to each school bus". The comments made by these two officials would definitely lead one to believe a ticket was warranted. I understand that police officers, deputy sheriff's and even state troopers have discretion on when to issue a traffic citation, but when there is an accident and people (children) are injured a traffic citation should definitely be issued. Is it a custom or policy of the Georgia State Patrol to not issue bus drivers a ticket? Even when they are found at fault in an accident.

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alliegator1215 2 years, 7 months ago

I couldn't agree more! If it had been a driver of a car that ran the stop sign and hit the bus (as was the case with this bus driver), the driver of the car would've received a ticket. My daughter was one of the three taken by ambulance. She remains out of school and has had to endure x-rays and a CT scan. At her follow-up with her pediatrician, she has been instructed to stay out of school until this Friday as she is still very swollen and is in severe pain. The bus driver that ran the stop sign needs to be held accountable for the damage she caused to my children and the others on board that bus!

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KimberlyD 2 years, 7 months ago

So thankful that no one was hurt. I couldn't imagine trying to maneuver those large buses that is full of disruptive, disrespectful (for the most part) kids. But...if this had been a regular citizen they would've gotten a ticket for sure. They should have been a little more reactive and issued a ticket but proactive and offered additional driver's training for the driver. But....that would have cost tax payers money and we need to save as much as we can right now....

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John 2 years, 6 months ago

This driver had "several years" of experience as a school bus driver, I'm confident the driver is familiar with this stop sign intersection & the only change to the STOP sign in the 53 years I've been driving is it used to be Yellow back in the days of black & white TV. If this driver don't know when & where to stop at one or was distracted - additional training will not help.

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alliegator1215 2 years, 7 months ago

I've tried to stay out of the discussion about this accident, to some extent. My daughter was one of the three children taken by ambulance for her injuries. She is still very swollen and sore from her injuries, and she remains out of school per doctor's orders. I am very disappointed to know that no citations were issued. I am also very disappointed to know that this was preventable. I know for a fact that I am not the only parent that has expressed concern to the board of transportation prior to this accident about the safety of the buses. We've had numerous problems this year alone before this, many of which myself and my neighbors have called the county about. Nothing is being done to protect our children! After all the recent bus accidents and incidents reported in recent months, I personally feel like every bus driver in the state of Georgia needs to have updated safety training.

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John 2 years, 6 months ago

Agree with your comments. However, safety training is only effective if management (NCSS) monitors & enforces the training on a routine & an occasional "surprise" spot checking basis.

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livi 2 years, 7 months ago

If you want your kids to be safe then drive them to and from school in a car with a seatbelt!

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